It comes as no surprise that Fett pulled through and survived the Sarlacc pit on planet Tatooine. It’s been publicly known that he lives in for the better half of a year. However, the nitty-gritty of his escape was not very well known.
On Wednesday, Disney Plus premiered the first episode of The Book of Boba Fett. The introductory episode of the live-action Star Wars series was titled ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’. It features the much-awaited escape of the feared bounty hunter from the mouth of Sarlaac and the other perils that lurk in Tatooine.
The “Legends” of Boba Fett’s Survival
The initial stories of Boba Fett’s escape from the Sarlaac were written after the release of The Return of the Jedi. These stories were considered canon and were published as short stories and in books of Star Wars.
However, after Disney acquired control of Star Wars, they excluded these tales from the authorized Star Wars canon. The tales were then referred to as “Legends”. This led to confusion and queries about the survival of Boba Fett arose. Fett’s survival was confirmed when he was shown in ‘The Mandalorian’ in 2020. Fans, then, were extremely curious to see how Boba Fett managed to survive the beast who supposedly devours its victim for 1000 years.
In a short story, which JD Montgomery had written in 1996, Boba Fett telepathically persuades a Sarlaac’s former prey who was still alive to get the monster to grab onto Fett’s jetpack. It results in an explosion as a result of which Fett manages to escape by blowing a void in the monster’s side.
The escape plot in the new series did share a few resemblances to the above-mentioned story. However, it was way more rooted in the show’s reality and did not have any telepathy involved. After Boba Fett finds himself inside the Sarlacc, he discovers a weak spot. He manages to punch through the Sarlaac’s throat and makes an opening. Boba uses his flamethrower, which is wrist-mounted, and escapes from the horrid creature’s clutches.